Water Stories

Building a shared vision for our water future through stories from Oregonians


A Natural Vision for Water Part 4: Investing in Our Future

Prineville wetlands project - built ponds of water spread out on the landscape next to the natural path of a river.
The fourth part of our Natural Vision for Water series outlines HOW to invest in natural infrastructure as the foundation for thriving Oregon communities.

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A Natural Vision for Water Part 3: Advancing Health and Environmental Justice

Sign on fence post reading, "Irrigated with recycled water".
Inclusive natural infrastructure planning can advance health, justice, and community power. But how do we get there?

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A Natural Vision for Water Part 1 – Common Natural Infrastructure Challenges, Opportunities for Action, and Case Studies

A new report from Oregon Environmental Council and Willamette Partnership demonstrates the opportunity to invest in natural infrastructure as a solution to Oregon’s infrastructure challenges.

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Developing a Vision for Water Justice

Ceremonial flowers in ocean waters
An interview with Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos on our collaborative work to elevate community voices in Oregon water policy.

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Video Debut: Changing Currents, A Tribal Vision for Water

The latest from ATNI’s tribal water initiative features tribal youth and leaders sharing their vision for the future of our waters

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Water. Culture. Tradition. Protection.

Indigenous relationships to water go deeper than a resource. A new project aims to bring Native voices to the forefront of state water conversations.

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Salmon Release Day

Salmon Release Day video still
Oregon's rivers are at risk. Lucky for us, young people across the state are stepping up to restore healthy watersheds and protect your drinking water.

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Protecting a sacred resource

While the Dakota Access Pipeline has brought the rights and traditions of Native people into the national spotlight, preserving the integrity of this sacred resource is not a new challenge for Northwest tribes. 

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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Allison Aldous, Freshwater Scientist

“People underestimate how dependent we are on healthy rivers and watersheds... Science can help clarify the relationship we have with water.”

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Restoring Hamilton Creek: The Soltaus’ Story

As early spring blooms pop open and a great blue heron takes off across the water, Glen Soltau walks the trails on his property along Hamilton Creek outside of Lebanon, Ore. When Glen and his wife, Leslie, bought the property in 1992, Hamilton Creek was overrun with invasive blackberries, some growing as tall as 10-12 feet high, and cows walked in the streambed disrupting fish habitat and eroding the banks. Now rows of native willow, dogwood and elderberry have replaced the blackberries. Indian plum provides an early season nectar source for hummingbirds. Beavers build ...

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